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Marine Park

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A NY Daily News reporter received an unusual assignment-—go camping in Brooklyn. The location? Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park, the only public campground in New York City. The campground is located off the shores of Jamaica Bay within earshot of JFK Airport. Amenities include a cooking ring, picnic table, communal woodpile, and pit toilets. Campers should bring their own food, water, shelter, and toilet paper. Unfortunately, in an average year, fewer than 1,000 people experience this “Brooklyn gem.” With money being tight, maybe this would be the best and cheapest alternative to that summer vacation.
Photo by Adams for NYDN.

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That’s what one Marine Park resident confided to the NY Times this weekend, in their weekly Living In section. The former Sloper said Marine Park, “reminds me of what neighborhoods used to be like before they became advertisements for themselves. The subway stop-less neighborhood is filled with “police officers, firefighters, postal workers and city employees,” many of whom are second or third generation Marine Park-ers (Park-ites?) and purchase homes nearby those in which they were reared; the civic association’s motto is “Improve, Don’t Move.” The homes, many of them semi-attached or semi-detached (we believe the difference has something to do with where and how much of the homes are connected; architecture buffs, please inform), start in the $350,000 range and easily climb to $750,000. One-bedroom rentals can start in the $1,000 range. Among the neighborhood’s treasures are Marine Park itself (Brooklyn’s largest) and the Hendrik I. Lott House, an 1800’s Dutch farmhouse on East 36th Street filled with “clues into a vanished way of life,” with “wells, privies and a stone kitchen between the house and the street.”
Isolation Is Pretty Splendid [NY Times]
Photo by Stu_Jo.